Notice about Changes in Income Tax Withholding
Date: March 17, 2009

From: Office of Business and Financial Services

To: All Undergrad Students & All Grad Students

Subject: Notice about Changes in Income Tax Withholding

This e-mail message applies to employees of the University of Illinois.

The IRS has issued new tax tables to reduce federal tax withholding required by the new economic stimulus law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For 2009 and 2010, the Making Work Pay provision of the stimulus bill provides a reduction in withholding of $400 for those claiming Single on the Form W-4, and $600 for those claiming Married on Form W-4.

The new tables will be effective with payrolls paid in April. Eligible University employees will get the benefit of the reduced withholding without any action on their part. The new tax tables will adjust the withholding automatically.

However, there may be situations where individuals will be under withheld if no action is taken:

• If an individual works for more than one employer the new tax tables will provide the reduced withholding for both employers. This would reduce the withholding by more than what an individual would be entitled to.

• Married couples with both spouses working and claiming married on the Form W-4 will also see the reduction in withholding for both spouses. This would reduce the withholding by more than what the married couple would be entitled to.

• Individuals claimed as a dependent on another individual's tax return are not eligible for the reduced withholding. The reduction is automatic and could result in under-withholding for the year.

• Nonresident aliens are not entitled to the reduced withholding. The calculations are adjusted so that the reduction is not applied to most nonresident alien withholding. However, the calculation adjustment does not apply to students and business apprentices from India. Individuals in this category may be under-withheld in their taxes for the year.

In the situations described above, if you want to make sure the appropriate withholding is applied, you need to file a new Form W-4. You may claim fewer withholding allowances on line 5 or request additional amounts to be withheld on line 6.

If you are unsure what you should submit on the Form W-4, you can use the IRS Withholding Calculator to determine what you would need to claim so that you do not owe taxes at the end of the year. The calculator is found at: .

For additional help, see IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?, at:
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If you have questions about the automatic withholding adjustments please contact University Payroll at 866-476-3586, 217-265-6363 or payinq@uillinois.edu.

Laurie Pitner
Executive Director, University Payroll

posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2009, at 2:28:22 PM
Crime alert
On March 21 at 10 p.m., a UIC student walking home was the victim of an aggravated battery and robbery off-campus in the 700 block of South Loomis Street.

The victim was approached by an individual who, after asking her a question, punched her in the right eye and mouth and took her purse containing her wallet. The victim was transported to the UIC Hospital emergency room for treatment.

The single offender is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years of age, 5-feet-7-inches tall, dark complexion and no facial hair, large eyes, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and dark clothing.

UIC Police recommend:

-be aware of your surroundings
-try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark
-use well-lit walkways
-on campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are nearly 1,500 across campus)
-the emergency number for UIC Police is (312) 355-5555, which should be in speed-dial on your cellular phone.

The crime will be investigated by the UICPD/CPD Joint Robbery Task Force and CPD Area Four Detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at (312) 996-2830.

posted on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 10:23:18 AM
Evacuation drill
On Wednesday, March 25, the Environmental Health and Safety Office will conduct an evacuation drill of University Hall (601 bldg. - 601 S. Morgan St.) at 10 a.m.

The building will reopen at the conclusion of the drill.

Marilyn Hau
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
posted on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 2:48:52 PM
New Hours for Daley Library
The Richard J. Daley Library is piloting extended hours in response to students' expressed preference for earlier access to the building.

The Daley Library will open at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing through May 8 (the Friday of finals week for spring semester). Saturday and Sunday opening times are unchanged.

On weekdays at 6 a.m., only the east door will be open, and the Circulation Desk and the Reserve Desk will be staffed.

For all library locations hours, see http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/admin/services/schedules/

Mary Case
University Librarian
posted on Fri, Mar 27, 2009, at 2:33:03 PM
Fire alarm test
On Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 a.m., the Environmental Health and Safety Office will test the fire alarm in the School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute Building (975 building, 1601 W. Taylor St.)

The building will remain open during the testing, which will conclude by 8:30 a.m.

David Wilson
Fire Safety Specialist
posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2009, at 4:34:21 PM
Message from the Chancellor

Dear UIC Students, Faculty and Staff,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the Richard J. Daley Urban Forum on Monday, April 27, when we will be honored to have as keynote speaker U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

The Fifth Annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum will focus on the most pressing issue facing cities around the world: recovery from a global economic crisis that has imperiled both public and private finance and cost citizens their jobs, homes and access to healthcare and education. Cities contribute the majority of the world’s gross economic product and are responsible for most new job creation; their vitality is crucial. Economic recovery will involve global cooperation, and bold leadership within urban government, business and civic spheres. Participants in the Forum will explore two key questions: What are the key obstacles to recovery? And what are the most imaginative steps we are taking to reinvest in a new and sustainable future?

The Forum will bring together mayors, civic leaders and scholars from around the world to assess the different ways cities are responding. Featuring municipal leaders from Bangkok, Beijing, Belgrade, Dubai, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Moscow, Nairobi, Riyadh, and Rome, among many others, the discussions will approach the current economic situation not simply as a crisis, but as an opportunity.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road. As always, UIC students, faculty and staff will receive complimentary admission, but registration is required at www.rjdurbanforum.uic.edu. Please visit the website to view the most current schedule and confirmed panelists.

Paula Allen-Meares
Chancellor
posted on Thu, Apr 2, 2009, at 4:04:15 PM
Safety Net for UIC Students
Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware, the well-being of our students is a top priority, and I would like to take this time to once again acknowledge all your efforts as a faculty or staff member in assisting our students who may be experiencing problems and need assistance. UIC has established a safety net for our students, which would not have been possible without each of you.

The Counseling Center is a resource for the referral of emotionally distressed students. It also provides assessment of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to a student of concern. If you have a student about whom you are worried, please feel free to call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will be happy to talk with you about a possible course of action and how best to help your student. The Counseling Center website has a helpful resource entitled, "Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff, (www.counseling.uic.edu)."

Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to the continuation of a strong partnership on behalf of all our students.

Sincerely,

Barbara Henley
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
posted on Mon, Apr 6, 2009, at 1:23:08 PM
UIC Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning

Dear Colleagues,

Diversity is a characteristic of UIC from which we derive great pride and strength. However, UIC has not yet realized the full benefits of its diversity, nor have we yet achieved the broad diversity to which we aspire. To coordinate and structure our approaches to these issues UIC is spending 2009 engaged in Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning (DSTP) at both the campus level and within colleges and administrative units. The DSTP process will occur in two stages: Diversity Strategic Thinking and Diversity Strategic Planning. The two stages of the process are outlined below. In the end, the DSTP process will move us to collectively understand the ways in which diversity benefits all of our activities, the measures necessary to achieve these benefits, and the approaches we will take to continually assess our efforts.

Diversity Strategic Thinking (February 2009 – August 2009)

A campus DSTP committee was convened in October 2008 and is working on stage one of the process, Diversity Strategic Thinking. Nominations of members to serve on this committee were solicited from Deans and Vice Chancellors in order to achieve broad campus representation. The committee member roster is available on the DSTP Web site at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/diversity_planning/. College and administrative units are also forming diversity committees to perform their DSTP process.

Stage one of the DSTP process will culminate with the release of Diversity Strategic Thinking documents to the campus in August 2009. Some of the specific activities in which the campus DSTP committee will engage during stage one will be:

• Gathering information on how diversity is currently supported within campus activities and considering what opportunities are available.
• Meeting with constituencies whose activities are critical to fully integrating diversity into UIC's core mission and activities, including faculty, staff, students, offices, organizations and committees. These meetings began March 2009 and will continue into early May. Additional information about these meetings will be posted on the DSTP Web site along with a set of questions used to guide the conversations of the meetings.
• Meeting with college diversity committees to exchange information learned from each other's work, and to discuss major questions and issues that arise during the process.
• Drafting a formal Diversity Strategic Thinking document outlining UIC's diversity philosophies, activities, and future priorities. The report will be released to the campus in August 2009.

College and unit diversity committees will meet during the spring and summer to coordinate their individual Diversity Strategic Thinking activities and provide input to the campus-level process. The college/unit DSTP committees are being asked to:

• Review the college/unit's strategic plan and consider how diversity is included in the plan and intersects with their core mission.
• Review college/unit faculty, student and staff diversity data.
• Answer a set of questions intended to structure their inquiries.
• Consider opportunities and challenges to fully integrating diversity with their Strategic Plans.
• Produce a short report addressing the points referenced above, which will serve to guide the meetings with the campus DSTP Committee.
• Draft a formal Diversity Strategic Thinking document outlining the college/unit's diversity philosophies, activities, and future priorities for release to campus in August 2009.

Diversity Strategic Planning (August 2009 – January 2010)

Diversity Strategic Planning, the second stage of the DSTP process, will be shaped by and build on the outcomes of our Diversity Strategic Thinking activities. Diversity Strategic Planning will begin in fall 2009 and final Diversity Strategic Plans for the campus, colleges and administrative units will be published by January of 2010.

The campus Diversity Strategic Plan will articulate the university's diversity agenda. The plan will include our diversity vision and mission, our goals and aims, and the programs, policies and activities that will move UIC towards achievement of these goals. Similarly, each college and administrative unit will craft a Diversity Strategic Plan that communicates their distinctive agenda. The outcome of this planning will also include approaches and mechanisms for regular assessment of our progress and the effectiveness of our activities toward achievement of our diversity goals.

I encourage all members of the UIC community to join me in supporting (and participating where possible) the efforts of the campus DSTP Committee and college/unit diversity committees as they work to develop the UIC Diversity Strategic Plan. More information on the DSTP process and committee membership is available at the DSTP Web site, http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/diversity_planning/.

R. Michael Tanner
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

DSTP Co-Chairs:
William Walden
Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity

Lon Kaufman
Vice Provost for Planning and Programs

posted on Wed, Apr 8, 2009, at 10:41:38 AM
Richard J Daley Urban Forum
Dear UIC Faculty, Students and Staff,

A live Webcast of next Monday's Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, including the keynote address by Vice President Joe Biden, will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Forum Web site, www.rjdurbanforum.uic.edu.

Please note that the schedule for the Forum has changed; the final schedule is now posted on the Web site.

Sincerely,

Clark Hulse
Associate Chancellor & Vice Provost
Dean of the Graduate College
posted on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 9:52:33 AM
Crime alert
On April 23 at 10:13 p.m., a UIC hospital nurse and her female friend were victims of an armed robbery off campus in the 800 block of South Racine Avenue (1200 West).

While sitting in their parked vehicle, they were approached at the driver's-side window by an offender who displayed a handgun and demanded their purses. The victims complied, and the offender fled northbound on Racine in a vehicle driven by an accomplice. The victims were not injured.

The offenders are described as follows:

1. black male, 18 to 22 years of age, wearing a black hoodie and dark pants; with handgun
2. black male, 18 to 22 years of age, wearing all dark clothing, driving a white 4-door automobile with partial license plate 785.

***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed offender's demand for property or valuables, as the victims did in this case.***

Other security tips:

--be aware of your surroundings
--try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark
--use well-lit walkways
--on campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,000 across campus)
--the emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone
--report crime promptly to police

The crime will be investigated by the UIC/CPD Joint Robbery Task Force. Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at (312) 996-2830.
posted on Fri, Apr 24, 2009, at 2:09:07 PM
Well-being, Safety and Success
As the end of spring semester approaches, students can feel overwhelmed. It is a time to study for exams, prepare class presentations, work to complete papers, and look forward to summer plans. With all of the tasks you must complete, there are also the pressures of family, your job, and social obligations.

During these times, the stress and anxiety you might experience is normal; however, when it feels that you "can't take it" and you just don't know where to turn, assistance is available. I write to remind you that there are many resources in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs that will help guide you through the difficult times.

The professional staff in the Counseling Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and other support service areas is ready and available to help you when pressure and uncertainty are obstacles and, especially, before you use inappropriate ways to deal with the stress. Your well being, safety, and success are of prime concern to us. No UIC student should face difficult times alone and without support. We are here to assist you.

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the services available to you by visiting our website at www.vcsa.uic.edu or by writing to my office at ovcsa@uic.edu. If you prefer to speak with someone, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 312-996-4857.

I wish you the best for a successful semester and a great summer.

Sincerely,

Barbara Henley
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
posted on Mon, Apr 27, 2009, at 3:22:27 PM
swine flu
A MESSAGE FROM THE PROVOST

April 29, 2009

Dear UIC Faculty, Students and Staff,

This message is to provide information to the UIC community about swine influenza (swine flu). Swine flu is a viral respiratory disease caused by type A influenza virus. A new swine flu strain that emerged in Mexico is causing outbreaks of human illness in Mexico, the United States and other countries.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are probable cases of swine flu in Illinois. As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 91 cases have been confirmed in 10 other states, including one death in Texas (of a patient who came from Mexico for treatment).

In general, swine flu should be suspected in persons with fever of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and recent onset of at least one of the following: runny nose or nasal congestion, sore throat, or cough, and who:

1) Have had close contact with a person who has a confirmed infection with swine flu, or
2) Traveled to Mexico, a community in the United States or an international location where there are one or more confirmed swine flu cases, or
3) Reside in a community where there are one or more confirmed swine flu cases.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, "For people who have flu-like symptoms and have traveled to areas where swine flu has been confirmed, they should seek medical attention. However, if a person has flu-like symptoms but has not traveled to areas where swine flu has been confirmed, they should stay home and contact a doctor to see if they should go in for testing."

The above should ONLY apply to those with symptoms. Asymptomatic (i.e., those who do not feel any of the symptoms of the flu) individuals, regardless of travel, should not take any special precautions or restrict their activities.

At this time, the CDC recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

The CDC recommends the following to stay healthy:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

* Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people, but can also spread through hand-to-hand transmission.
* If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

For the latest information, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm

At the University of Illinois Medical Center, a child was treated in the emergency room this week and has tested positive for influenza A. This does not mean that the child has human swine influenza A virus. There are hundreds of people in Illinois who test positive for influenza A each year. The child's sample has been sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health lab for further testing to determine if this case is related to the swine flu outbreak or if it is a routine case of influenza A in the community.

We will continue to monitor the local and national situation, provide updates to the UIC community as we learn more, and work to ensure the health and safety of our community. UIC is fortunate to have a broad range of expertise at the Medical Center – infectious diseases, clinical and basic laboratories, and the emergency room – and the School of Public Health to assist in monitoring this very fluid situation. For more information, visit www.uic.edu for links to resources and further updates.


R. Michael Tanner
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
posted on Wed, Apr 29, 2009, at 11:42:09 PM
Steam leak causes evacuation of PSR and SSR residence halls
A major steam leak under the sidewalk in the vicinity of Damen and Polk has necessitated evacuation of Polk Street Residence Hall (PSR) and Single Student Residence Hall (SSR). No injuries reported. Avoid this area.
posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 10:09:22 AM
UIC Urgent Message ...
Steam leak at Damen/Polk; evacuated Polk Street Residence (PSR) and Single Student Residence Hall (SSR). Avoid this area.
posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 10:12:00 AM
UIC All-Clear ...
at steam leak Damen/Polk; OK to return to PSR, SSR.
posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2009, at 11:09:19 AM